My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced in October 2008 that all central Government Departments would aim to pay invoices within 10 days.
In December 2009, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and FCO Services (its Trading Fund) together paid 97.5 per cent. of invoices within 10 days. This performance is an increase of 27.2 per cent. points compared to November 2008, when 70.3 per cent. of invoices were paid within 10 days.
We do not differentiate payments by supplier size as we have determined to pay all suppliers within 10 days.
This response relates to the FCO in the UK. Information regarding the status of suppliers overseas is not available without incurring disproportionate costs.